Emotion Memory

by  Don Nigro

Short Play, Dark Comedy  /  2m, 1f

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Emotion Memory

by  Don Nigro

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

This 90 minute play traces the relationship between Anton Chekhov and Lyka, the girl who was the inspiration for Nina in The Seagull. She was a friend of his sister's and fell in love with Chekhov, who was very fond of her but found himself unable to actually commit himself to her. Desperate to rouse his interest, she has an affair with a married man, becomes pregnant, loses her child, and her hoped for career in the theatre does not materialize, but she is the person who is there for him after the first, disastrous production of The Seagull, when he's totally disgusted with the theatre, and is there again towards the end of his life, perhaps really there, or only in his mind. Also memorable is the confrontation between Chekhov and Stanislavsky after Chekhov's appalled first viewing of the great Moscow Art Theatre production, and Stanislavsky's funny and passionate defense of his production and of the theatre as an art form. A touching and funny play about the relationship between love and creation, with some very strong audition material in the form of monologues by Chekhov, Lyka and Stanislavsky.

Published in Emotion Memory & Other Plays.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1900-1910
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

2m, 1f
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Don Nigro

Don Nigro is among the most frequently published and widely produced playwrights in the world and has continued to build a deeply interrelated and diverse body of dramatic literature, employing a wide variety of dramatic conventions and styles of presentation. He has written monologues and epics, spare realistic dramas ...

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